I would have liked to seen this scenario, as an official I have several questions.Injury time - wrestler was injured during match. Ref stops it and tells the table to start injury time. Table puts 2 minutes on the scoreboard clock (seen by the wrestlers and crowd). With 1 minute left, ref says to the coach that clock was set wrong and the wrestler actually only has 30 seconds remaining. The coach asks the wrestler if he can continue. He says yeah, stands up, snaps headgear and walks to center and both wrestlers get in stance. (Looked at clock there was 36 seconds left as he steps in center circle - so 6 seconds according to the refs time). Ref walks to them, says shake hands, match is over time expired. Both wrestlers and coaches were confused and ref wouldn't even go to the table as the coach tried to inquire about it. Really never seen anything like this happen before. Never asked the wrestler if he was continuing nor gave an update on time. Injured wrestler was winning 6-0 at the time. Does the ref have an obligation to ask the wrestler as time is expiring and/or give an update on time?
1. Was this the first injury timeout?
2. Was it a injury to the head/neck area?
Now as I wasn't there, and didn't speak to this official I cant say why he would do that, im not going to speculate and throw a official under the bus, but the situation as described Id almost have to have seen it to understand why. All I can comment on is that I will stand near the coaches and let them know, coach 1 min has passed, or coach you have 45 seconds remaning, and will increase as the time gets under 30 seconds, 20 sec, 15 etc. There may be some gray area and different officials may interpret it differently. ive asked state rules interpreters this questions and it gets into a gray area somewhat of judgment. Some may say if your not back in the center ready to wrestle when time expires your done, others like me, if it does hit 1:30 ill ask the coach yes or no, and if he is going to continue , if so get to center quickly, no excess coaching or stretching a leg out etc, and I will inform coaches that another injury timeout will end the match as you have no time left. As I said some guys will go strictly by the book, and others may be a tad more leinent. What ive seen in the rule and case book, is that if a wrestler reaches the end of time, they have to make a decision wether or not to wrestle and proceed without hesitation. If you check, rule 3-1 article 14, it will cover the referee duties during this.